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LIMITLESS

Written by

Craig Sweeny

K/O Paper Products Network Draft


Relativity Television 01/27/15

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ACT ONE

OVER BLACK -- WHITE NOISE; an urban din that gradually resolves


itself into a hail of CAR HORNS. FADE IN --

INT. 14TH STREET/UNION SQUARE PARK - DAY

-- ON BRIAN SINCLAIR (28; lean and shaggy in a black band t-


shirt). Hes in the midst of a mad dash across Broadway dodging
cars, taxis, and the shouts of pissed-off DRIVERS.

As Brian reaches the safety of the sidewalk, we FIND THREE MEN


IN DARK SUITS, twenty yards behind Brian and closing distance.
Weve dropped into the middle of a foot chase -- the CAMERA-WORK
is gritty and handheld, reflecting Brians desperate flight.

Brian pauses on the threshold of Union Square Park. As his


pursuers cross 14th, Brian sprints for the subway station.

He CLEARS FRAME, and we HOLD on a nearby poster. It features


EDDIE MORA, smiling above the slogan: RE-ELECT SENATOR EDWARD
MORA. A Voice For New York, A Voice For The World.

As fans of the movie realize that the character played by


Bradley Cooper is part of this world as well --

INT. UNION SQUARE STATION - DAY


Brian hurdles over the gate -- skitters through the station --
and hops onto the median between the up and down escalators.
A look over his shoulder -- the men on his tail are vaulting the
gates themselves now -- and then Brian plunges down the median
like its a water slide, disappearing down into --
INT. UNION SQUARE STATION - CORRIDOR - DAY
-- theres no splash pool waiting for Brian, just concrete. The
median spits him out -- he tumbles -- drags himself to his feet.
A quick glance at a sign reveals Brians got an alphabets soup
worth of train options -- L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6. This corridor
is the stations main artery -- a great place to disappear.

As Brian melts into a SEA OF COMMUTERS --


ON THE ESCALATORS
The Men barrel down the steps. There are more of them now --
maybe six -- but they move past in a blur. At the bottom of the
stairs, they PAUSE, assessing the situation --

-- which is a nightmare. People everywhere; no sign of Brian.


As the men plunge into the chaos of the station at rush hour --
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INT. UNION SQUARE STATION - L TRAIN PLATFORM - DAY

Brian waits on the platform, his head low. Theres a COMMOTION


above him; the Men are running past the entrance to the
platform. One of them PAUSES, looking down onto the platform.

Brian hugs an iron column, trying to stay out of the guys eye-
line. Beat. Brian feels completely exposed --

-- but the Man moves on. As Brians nervous system downshifts,


he checks a sign above the platform. The next Brooklyn-bound L
is less than a minute away.
As Brian eases up to the edge of the platform, theres a RUMBLE
as a train approaches. Whew. A sigh of relief, interrupted by:
A WOMANS VOICE (O.C.)
Dont move!
Brian wheels to find hes staring down the barrel of REBECCA
TATEs gun. Rebeccas in her early 30s, lithe and formidable.
REBECCA
Hands in the air -- !
The RUMBLE of the approaching train grows louder -- Brian shoots
a panicked glance at the stairs. The Men who were chasing him
are making their way down, cutting off Brians exit.
A deafening ROAR from the train as Brian does the only sensible
thing: he raises his hands in surrender --
-- and then Brian TURNS, bumping into a nearby COMMUTER as he
jumps down onto the tracks and into the path of the train.
A WIDE SHOT: The train bears down on Brian, the SCREAMING BRAKES
doing nothing to avert the seemingly inevitable collision. OVER
THIS, we HEAR a strangely calm VOICEOVER --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Im not gonna argue that jumping
in front of the L is a good idea.
But I will say this: its not the
worst decision Ive ever made.

HARD CUT TO:

BRIANS LIFE - A MONTAGE

QUICK CUTS that begin in a LONG ISLAND CLASSROOM, where 10 YEAR-


OLD BRIAN uses his watch-face to re-direct sunlight into a dot
that dances on the face of SISTER VIVIAN.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


There were the five expulsions.
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Four misdemeanors...
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And now were at a SUBURBAN PARTY in 2002, as 16 YEAR-OLD BRIAN


does a keg stand at a house party. As hes interrupted by the
arrival of two LONG ISLAND COPS --

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


... three fake IDs that led to
some of those misdemeanors...

Three different FAKE IDs featuring Brians picture SLAM PAST


CAMERA. Hes a little bit older in each picture.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


... two attempts at 11th grade.
And a partridge in a pear tree.

CLOSE ON: a PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE, a quick PULL-BACK


revealing that its a picture on a sticker attached to a bong.
19 YEAR-OLD BRIAN, in a parked car, takes a gurgling hit...

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I loved that thing. But I concede
it was a mistake to bring it to
the one college interview I got.

A knock on the window. A MIDDLE-AGED GUY stands there, wearing a


Ramapo College sweatshirt and looking at Brian curiously.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
I wasnt up for more school,
anyway. I always thought Id
find something different.
Something... I dont know, great?
HARD CUT TO:
INT. MUSIC CLUB (WILLIAMSBURG, 2008) - NIGHT
An energized Brian leans into a mic, singing as he hammers out
chords on a Fender. He and his BANDMATES are playing anthemic,
punk-inflected rock to a packed house of SCENE KIDS.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Something like this. I finally
had a bulls-eye to aim for,
something to throw all my energy
at. I loved it.
As Brian trades vocals with ELI WATERMAN, a hip kid Brians age -

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. SINCLAIR HOUSE - DINING ROOM (2009 - 2015) - NIGHT


THE SINCLAIR FAMILY is gathered for dinner. Gangs all here:
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LUKE and
CAMERON, and his younger sister RACHEL. Everyones talking, but
its all MOS -- Brians song plays over the domestic tableau.
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BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
I held onto that feeling for as
long as I could. But when your
breaks slow to come...

ON STAGE: Brians bandmate Eli FADES AWAY before our eyes...


BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
People fall away. Eli, the guy I
wrote with, was the first to go.
AT BRIANS HOUSE: An ATTRACTIVE WOMAN FADES IN beside Luke.
This is SABRINA. The sequence plays as a montage; Brians band
and audience disappear over time, and his siblings get families.
BRIANS VOICE (O.C.)
Then time passes...
And another woman -- LIZA -- FADES IN beside Cameron, even as --

ON STAGE: The bass player disappears; now Brians fronting a two-


piece. And as, one by one, the audience FADES AWAY --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.) (CONTD)
... and it starts to feel like no
one told you youre playing a
game of musical chairs...

AT BRIANS HOUSE: His younger sister has a HUSBAND now, too.


And as one BABY FADES in beside Cameron and Liza, and then
another -- and then one for Luke and his wife --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
... and the song stopped playing
a long time ago.
ON STAGE: Brians alone now; there are a few people at the bar,
but theyre all CHATTERING and barely paying attention. As
Brian finishes to a smattering of polite applause --

END THE INTERCUT, STAYING IN Brians house and playing out the
family dinner. Camerons got two TODDLERS, Luke one, and Rachel
holds a baby. Were mid-conversation:
BRIAN
... I wouldnt really call it a
band, per se. Its a project,
and it has its own name... but
Im the only one involved. Were
self-releasing. Forget labels.
Licensing is where the money is --

RACHEL
So if youre the only one
involved, when you say we...
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BRIAN
I mean me. Me is we. Or is
it the other way? We is me?
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BRIAN (CONT'D)
(no one has a clue)
Anyway, its called Resorbed
Twin. The album goes on
Bandcamp next week. Maybe the
week after. Depends on a few,
uh, different factors...

Everyone nods politely. After a pause that stretches well into


the uncomfortable zone, Dennis stands to clear plates --

MARIE
... anyone want dessert?
Affirmative answers are AD-LIBBED all around; everyones
grateful to move on from the subject of what Brians been up to.

RACHEL
Dad?
All eyes follow Rachels to the BUFFET TABLE near the entrance
to the KITCHEN. Dennis, plates crooked in the fold of one arm,
is propping himself up on the table with his free hand.

Dennis suddenly collapses to the floor, the plates he was


carrying SHATTERING on the hardwood. As the family RISES in
unison, everyone dashing toward the unconscious Dennis --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
That was the first time my dad
collapsed.
INT. HOSPITAL - MRI LAB - DAY

WHIRRRRR. Dennis lies on an MRI table, which slowly moves him


into the alien pod where the tests will be run.
As Dennis disappears into the machine and the grinding
industrial sounds of an MRI begin... REVEAL a worried Brian,
standing by the table where ND LAB TECHS work.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


There were more.

When Dennis emerges from the MRI, hes a shadow of his former
self. Hes lost weight, his eyes are gaunt and hollow. Weve
just witnessed a stylized rendering of a months-long decline.
DENNIS
Maybe they see something this
time...

BRIAN
Hey, I was thinking: maybe I
should come out to the house for
a while. Just til they figure
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DENNIS
You want to move back home?
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BRIAN
Not cause I need to. Just, you
know... to help.

DENNIS
... I dont know, Brian. Ive
got your mom. Im getting around
okay. What would you do?

BRIAN
What do you mean?

DENNIS
I mean, what are you offering?
How would you help?

The questions genuine, not hostile. But we PUSH IN ON Brian as


it lands, some hard truths crystallizing --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
He wasnt trying to be a dick.
But he was saying a lot more than
he meant to.
Were CLOSE ON Brian now -- hes never felt more helpless.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
What good are you? Help? You
can barely take care of
yourself. And he was right. I
had to hope temp work kept coming
in, just so I could make rent.

EXT. BIG-ASS BUILDING (WALL STREET) - DAY - ESTABLISHING


Were MOVING UP the glassy surface of this corporate monolith.
JESSAMYN (O.C.)
Manchester-Reid is the 8th
biggest bank on Wall Street.
INT. MANCHESTER-REID - TRADING FLOOR - DAY
JESSAMYN (32) leads Brian along the edge of the trading floor.
It seethes with energy, the beating heart of testosterone-fueled
uber-capitalism. Were not staying here, though.
JESSAMYN
Everyone who works here just took
a mandatory sexual harassment
seminar. Its a liability thing.
INT. MANCHESTER-REID - H.R. DEPARTMENT - CORRIDOR - DAY
Decidedly less glamorous back here. Jessamyn leads Brian down
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this fluorescent-lit hallway.
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JESSAMYN
Everyone signed a piece of paper
acknowledging that they went.
Theyve arrived at a nondescript little BULLPEN AREA. Jessamyn
plucks a couple THICK FOLDERS from her desk --
JESSAMYN (CONTD)
These are the signed forms.
INT. MANCHESTER-REID - H.R. FILING ROOM - DAY
This windowless space is best described as the place where
dreams come to die. Jessamyn gestures toward FILING CABINETS.
JESSAMYN
Those are our employee files.
Your job is to put each form into
the proper file. The harassment
forms should go after the signed
company policy document. Do not
put them before the policy form.
BRIAN
After the policy form. Got it.
Brian sits at the table where hes clearly supposed to work.

JESSAMYN
Weve got 22 thousand employees.
We figure itll take two weeks.

Brian NODS as Jessamyn EXITS. We HEAR a phone RING outside, as


Brian settles in for a long and numbing slog.
JESSAMYN (O.C.) (CONTD)
Jessamyn Banks... I didnt break
up with Teddy, I just didnt take
the ring... That doesnt mean we
broke up... it does not...
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. MANCHESTER-REID - HR FILING ROOM - DAY
Hours later. Brians asleep, some drool trailing onto the desk.
Beat; a wadded-up piece of paper hits Brian in the head.
A MANS VOICE (O.C.)
Brian. Brian.
Brian blinks awake to find that Eli Waterman, his old bandmate,
stands over him. Eli looks a lot different than he used to --
hes got the suit and haircut of a Wall Street Success-Bro.
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Eli? What are you doing here?
Wheres -- ?
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Brian reaches for his bosss name, doesnt find it.
ELI
Chatty Cathy? She went out to
eat.
(then)
A couple guys out on the floor
said the temp was snoring back
here. I cant believe its you.
BRIAN
... youre an investment banker?

Eli nods. This is a bit... humiliating. But Eli doesnt seem


interested in flouting his obvious social advantages.
ELI
Its great to see you, man. How
you been?
BRIAN
Im doing okay. Good, you know --
ELI
Hey, lets grab some food.
(when Brian hesitates)
Come on. Lunch. My treat.
INT. FORGE RESTAURANT - DAY
A hip downtown spot -- normally, the only way Brian would see
the inside is if he got a job as a waiter. Were mid-
conversation, Brian giving the same spiel he gave his family --
BRIAN
... I wouldnt call it a band,
per se. Its a project, but Im
the only one involved. Were
self-releasing...
Brian trails off, suddenly unable to stand the whiff of his own
bullshit. Eli tries to keep the chat going --
ELI
Id love to hear it --
BRIAN
Eli. Theres no album. I
havent written a song in a year.
ELI
What? Why not?
As Brian digs for an answer...
ELI (CONTD)
Brian. Dont bail on TV
yourself.
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Youre good, man.
(when Brian scoffs)
You are.
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BRIAN
Theres good. And theres
good enough to make it.
(then)
When we finished a song... do you
think people clapped because we
really got to them? Or were they
being polite?

ELI
I guess I dont know. I usually
wasnt sober by the time we
finished a song.

BRIAN
I just... I cant concentrate.
My fathers sick --
ELI
Whats wrong with him?
BRIAN
Theyre not sure. But if he
doesnt get better... ? I mean,
my dad might die. What did he
see me accomplish... ?
Eli studies Brian closely for a moment -- so closely its like
hes weighing Brian on some Talmudic scale. Finally:
ELI
I might be able to help.
Eli produces a SILVER MONEY CLIP thats fashioned into his
initials: E.W. It has a small compartment affixed to it, the
kind of thing you store a key in.
BRIAN
You carry a money clip -- ?
ELI
I got the biggest bonus at the
bank last year. They gave me
this. See? My initials.
(off Brians look)
I know. 20-year-old me would
punch 28-year-old me in the face.
Eli opens the felt-lined compartment. There are several small
WADDED UP PIECES OF TISSUE in there, maybe eight. Eli pulls one
out, unwraps it and pushes it across the table.
There is a distinctive clear pill on top of the tissue.
ELI (CONTD)
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dont know, like a jump start.
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BRIAN
What is it, some kind of speed?
ELI
Youve heard of modafinil?
Neuroenhancers? Its like that.
Just... better. A lot better.
Elis eyes glitter -- but Brians still wary.

BRIAN
Yeah, I dont know --
ELI
Brian. I dont think you
understand what Im offering you.

Beat. Its obvious Eli considers this precious. ON Brian...


EXT. BROADWAY AND MORRIS (WALL STREET) - DAY
Brian sits on the cobblestones that surround Di Modicas iconic
Charging Bull sculpture. He holds the pill in the palm of his
hand, pondering it as BUSINESSPEOPLE move briskly about in BG.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
A jump start. Okay. What did
I have to lose?
As Brian puts the pill on his tongue, we CUT TO --
THE INSIDE OF BRIANS MOUTH (VFX - EXTREME CLOSE-UP)
-- where the clear pill rests atop Brians tongue. He swallows,
his throat muscles pulling it down into BLACKNESS.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Here. We. Go.
SMASH CUT TO:
INT. MANCHESTER-REID - HR FILING ROOM - DAY
Nothings different. The rooms just as drab as ever,
Jessamyns overheard conversation just as insipid.
JESSAMYN (O.C.)
... yeah, I filled out his
business school applications.
Teddys not gonna do it on his
own... some of the essay was
me... okay, all of it...

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


(over Jessamyn)
Wow. Awesome joke, Eli. Whatd
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you give me, an aspirin?

Brian shakes his head, picks up a file. After a moment...


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BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


And then it happened.

We HEAR a REVVING NOISE, which picks up momentum just as it did


when Eddie Mora first took a pill in the movie. Jessamyns
droning conversation falls away. The light MORPHS as we go --

INSIDE BRIANS HEAD -- where synapses crackle and come to life.


We take a trip through Brians brain, emerging back in --

THE FILING ROOM. Brian is bathed in light now.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


The scales fell from my eyes.

And suddenly every detail -- every noise, every source of light -


is an intensely interesting font of information. Brian can HEAR
Jessamyns FINGERNAILS clicking on the desk out there. He can
hear her inhale. He can hear her heartbeat.

Brian sits up, growing attuned to this new state of being. He


picks up a file, his eyes shining as he flips through it. His
gaze lands on the PICTURE clipped to the inside of the folder --

A FAMILIAR VOICE (O.C.)


Guy looks familiar, doesnt he?

Brian looks up -- and is greeted by the mind-bending sight of


another version of himself sitting on the other side of the
table. Clothes. Hair. Everythings a perfect match, so lets
call him 2nd BRIAN. As Brian cocks his head quizzically...

BRIAN
Who are you?

Brian obviously wants to reach out and touch himself, test 2nd
Brians physical substance, but hes wary --

2ND BRIAN
You know who he is.
(re: article)
You know more than you think you
do. You remember more than you
think you do. Think.

As Brian does just that, we PLUNGE INTO the crackling synapses


of his hyper-driven brain, emerging into a memory.

FLASH: LOUD MUSIC. Brian sits on the train, jamming along to


the hard-driving music that pumps through his headphones. Hes
caught up in the song, so caught up that he doesnt realize --

COMMUTER
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Brian looks up, finds himself face-to-face with an ANNOYED


COMMUTER, whos holding a NEWSPAPER. Louder, over the music:

COMMUTER (CONTD)
YOURE SINGING.

As Brian turns the music down, his gaze catches on --

THE COMMUTERS NEWSPAPER: it features an article about an out-of-


control fraternity/date-rape factory. The EMPLOYEE from the
file is visible in BG of the picture, funneling a beer.

BACK TO SCENE. Brian cant fucking believe it. What is this


pill?

2ND BRIAN
Theres stuff happening in your
brain right now. Every
experience youve ever had...
every idea that came to you in
the shower and slipped away while
you were brushing your teeth...
its all there for the taking.
How do you want to use it?

And now something occurs to Brian --

BRIAN
The bank wants to know whos
leaving them open to a law suit.
They should know about the guy
whose frat got kicked off campus
for selling the date rape drug.
(then; re: another file)
This guys been through five
female assistants in a year.
Whats the story there?

As Brian turns to the stack of files, there are suddenly five


versions of him there. We BEGIN a TIME-LAPSE sequence, all the
Brians moving about the room with incredible dispatch. PRELAP:

BRIAN (O.C.) (CONTD)


So, yeah: I read every file in
here, then I sorted them into
five tiers of potential risk.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. MANCHESTER-REID - HR FILING ROOM - DAY

A bit later. Brian sits opposite a thunderstruck Jessamyn.


Some files are stacked in five neat piles as Brian explains:
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BRIAN
Its pretty intuitive. Tier 5 is
reserved for total undesirables.
Employ at your own risk.

JESSAMYN
This is... incredible.

BRIAN
One more thing: break up with
Teddy. You deserve better than a
guy who wont even fill out his
own grad school applications.
But you know that. Thats why
you turned down the ring.

A beat. Typically, Jessamyn would fire a presumptuous temp on


the spot, but shes pretty much enthralled by Brian. Finally:

JESSAMYN
... weve been together so long.

BRIAN
I know its scary. But youll be
fine. Youre about to get a
promotion.
(off her look)
This filing system. Youre
taking credit for it, then youre
getting a bump to Vice President.
You deserve it. You just have to
know how to ask.

Jessamyn can only stare at the whirling dervish of positive


energy that is Brian. Shed follow him anywhere at this point.

JESSAMYN
What did you have for lunch?

HARD CUT TO:

INT. MANCHESTER-REID - HR FILING ROOM - DAY

SLAM! Jessamyn pushes Brian up against a FILING CABINET,


kissing him hungrily and pawing at his shirt like she cant get
it off fast enough. As Brian KISSES HER BACK --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
What? No one asked me to sign
the form.

EXT. NEW YORK STREETS - VARIOUS - DAY


Brian mainlines sight, sound, and sensation
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York of boundless possibility. The City moves past us with the
distinctive FRACTAL ZOOM that is familiar to fans of the movie --
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BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
I remember this feeling. The
worlds mine; I just have to
decide what to do with it.

The ZOOM leads us to the window of a music store in the East


Village. Its cluttered with music paraphernalia, but the
center-piece of the display is a NINE-STRING IBANEZ GUITAR.

INT. MUSIC SHOP (EAST VILLAGE) - DAY


Brian walks up to the MUSIC-SHOP GUY, points to the Ibanez.

BRIAN
I need to play that guitar.

MUSIC-SHOP GUY
The nine-string? You sure? I
get kind of lost on that thing.

Brian moves past the guy, takes the Ibanez down off the wall and
plugs it in. An exploratory note. Then a chord. And then --

Brian works the fret board like a hybrid of Django Reinhardt and
Dimebag Darrell. The Music-Shop Guy is the first to fall under
his spell, but, over QUICK CUTS, he gains an audience:

First its everyone in the store. Then there are people


gathered at the windows. People are filming with their phones,
certain Brian must be some guitar god descended to Earth.

The moment he finishes, the room bursts into rapturous applause.


This is the reaction Brians always wanted -- and holy shit, is
it gratifying.

But the moment doesnt last -- Brians gaze catches on a FATHER


and his 12-YEAR-OLD SON, standing at the front of his audience.
Brian takes them in, realizing something:

BRIAN
... dad...

INT. NYU - MEDICAL SCHOOL LIBRARY - NIGHT


Brian bounds up to the BORED GRADUATE STUDENT at the desk --
BRIAN
I need every book you have on
rare diseases.

INT. NYU - MEDICAL SCHOOL LIBRARY - TABLE - NIGHT

Brians surrounded by stacks of reading material, his eyes


darting back and forth as he ravenously consumes knowledge.
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BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


No one else can figure out whats
wrong with him. Why cant I?

As Brian reads, CHUNKS OF TEXT lift off the page and project
themselves onto the walls around him. They begin to MOVE,
flying past Brian like mile markers on the Autobahn.

We FEATURE certain phrases as they whiz past: DISEASES DOCTORS


MISS, TRANSFERRIN SATURATION TEST, and, finally: HERITABLE
MUTATION. That last phrase lingers in frame for a beat, until
something about it prompts Brian to bolt out of his seat.

INT. SINCLAIR HOUSE - FAMILY ROOM - NIGHT

Were CLOSE ON an old family picture, seen under plastic in a


photo album. It depicts a WELL-DRESSED COUPLE eating at an
outdoor cafe.

Brian lingers over the photo, his shining eyes the only source
of light in the room.

MARIE (O.C.)
Brian?

Brian looks up to FIND his parents there, dressed in their night-


clothes and considering him curiously.

BRIAN
Sorry. I tried not to wake you
guys up. I needed to see this
picture --

DENNIS
You had to look at a picture of
my parents on their honeymoon at
eleven-thirty at night? Why?

But Brian doesnt respond immediately. Hes staring at the


faint, anemic bags under his fathers eyes. Brian looks back
down at the picture --
-- and we are suddenly INSIDE THE PHOTOGRAPH. Brian is in there
now, sepia-toned like everyone else. Hes the only one that can
move. He steps to his grandmother, staring at her eyes and the
faint, anemic circles under them.

BRIAN
I knew it.

BACK TO SCENE: Brian brandishes the picture at his confused


parents.

BRIAN (CONTD)
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I think it runs in the family.
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DENNIS
You think what runs in the
family? What are you doing here?

Brian looks at the photo albums. Turns to his parents.

BRIAN
Mom, dad: Im sorry, but I cant
explain right now. I dont know
everything yet. I need to work.

Marie looks to Dennis: he needs to work? As Brian sits cross-


legged on the floor, we begin a time-lapse sequence:

His parents watch, concerned, as he digs through family stuff.


Then its just his dad. Then Brians alone. And as he works --

-- a FAMILY TREE is drawing itself on the wall, moving from


Dennis Sinclair out to his brothers, sisters and cousins, and
tracing itself back through generations. Most of the stick
figures are black, but every fourth or fifth one is RED.

DISSOLVE TO:
INT. SINCLAIR HOUSE - FAMILY ROOM - MORNING
Brians asleep on the floor, the photo albums spread around him.
He reluctantly blinks awake.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
My mind felt around for that
sensation I had last night... But
it was gone.
(as he sits up)
In its place, there was pain.
Pain like someone took the worst
hangover you ever had and turned
it up to eleven.
A groggy Brian picks up a nearby SCRAP OF PAPER.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Fortunately, I didnt forget the
things I learned last night. I
also wrote some stuff down.

INT. SINCLAIR HOUSE - KITCHEN - MORNING

Brians parents are mid-breakfast. They glance up as their


strung-out 28-year-old son trudges into the room.

MARIE
You look awful, Brian --
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BRIAN
(consults his notes)
Dad. I think youve got
something called hemochromatosis.

The medical jargon feels alien in his mouth, but Brian pushes
on, even as his parents trade skeptical looks.
BRIAN (CONTD)
Its caused by a trait that runs
in our family. Grandma Mimi had
it, your cousin Rob. Youve got
it worse than anybody, though.
Your body cant process iron. It
builds up in your tissues --

DENNIS
Stop. You snuck in here in the
middle of the night. You slept
on our floor, now youre talking
like you think youre a doctor --
BRIAN
I know its weird, but you have
to listen to me.
(looks at his notes)
The inherited version of
hemochromatosis is one of the
most misdiagnosed diseases there
is. Doctors dont know to test
for it, they mistake it for a
dozen other things.

MARIE
... if they cant find it, how
could you?

BRIAN
Its kind of a long story. But
theres a test they can run, its
called a transferrin saturation
test.
(to Dennis)
You should take it. Today.

INT. CLINIC - PATIENT ROOM - DAY

Brian, still dressed in the clothes he was wearing last night,


sits with his parents. DR. BURKE enters, staring at a sheet of
paper like hes still trying to find sense there.

DR. BURKE
Um. I do think we would have
consulted a hepatologist sooner
rather than later...
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BRIAN
He has hemochromatosis?
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DR. BURKE
This latest screen is consistent
with that diagnosis, yes.
Its hard to tell what Dennis or Marie are more surprised about -
the diagnosis, or its source. They gawk at their son, but
Brians focused on the doctor. Brian reads his scrawled notes:
BRIAN
You can treat it, right?
Phlebotomies are effective.

DR. BURKE
Yes. Although... we havent been
monitoring the liver numbers as
closely as we would have if wed
known. The organ is compromised.
Its not failing quite yet, but
its headed that way.
(as they absorb that)
Of course... wed need to operate
before your fathers health is
too compromised for the
procedure.
BRIAN
... how long until that happens?
DR. BURKE
Its difficult to say.
As everyone just sits there, STUNNED --
BRIAN
Will we find a liver in time?

A long moment as Dr. Burke SAYS NOTHING. Hes composing an


answer, but the silence is all the response Brian needs.

BRIANS VOICE (O.C.)


So in the end, that pill got me
past one problem I could never
solve on my own... and dumped me
right in front of another one.
(then)
But did it have to be the end?
Eli had more of those pills.

INT. CLINIC - CORRIDOR - DAY

A desperate Brian paces, his phone to his ear.

MANS VOICE (OVER PHONE)


Manchester Reid, Buy Side --
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BRIAN
Eli Waterman, please. Its
urgent --
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MANS VOICE (OVER PHONE)


Watermans out sick today.

The man hangs up. ON Brian, feeling sick and desperate....


EXT. CONDO BUILDING (PARK AVE. SOUTH) - DAY
POLISHED STEEL NUMBERS announce the address of this gleaming new
condo building. As we MOVE UP IT, we PRELAP a KNOCKING.

INT. CONDO BUILDING - CORRIDOR - DAY


Brian stands in front of a particular doorway. As he KNOCKS --
BRIAN
Open up, man, its Brian --
Brian KNOCKS again, a bit harder. The door moves -- its
slightly ajar. A curious Brian pushes it open and heads into --
INT. ELIS CONDO - DAY
-- a condo that would be a real estate trophy under better
circumstances. Right now, though, the place is trashed. It
looks like its just been ransacked. Brian steps in --
BRIAN
Eli... ?
-- and stops short. Eli lies in a pool of blood, his arms
splayed out and his eyes dead. Hes been stabbed many times.
BRIAN (CONTD)
Ohmygod.
Brian takes it all in, nerve endings screaming with panic --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Elis dead. I need those pills
if Im gonna help my dad.
Find them. Then call 911.
VARIOUS SHOTS: Brian tosses the trashed apartment.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
The money clip was gone. I think
it was the only thing missing.
Brian moves to the door. Then hesitates, remembering something.

FLASH: A younger Eli tapes a bag of weed to the inside of his


acoustic guitar.

YOUNGER ELI
You always gotta back up your
stash. Save for a rainy day. - For educational purposes only
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IN THE BEDROOM: Brian throws the closet door open and yanks an
OLD ACOUSTIC GUITAR OUT. SMASH! He smacks it against the
hardwood floor, the mahogany splitting open to REVEAL --
-- a little plastic bag with one clear pill in it, taped to the
inside panel. Pay dirt! As Brian picks it up, we hear
insistent KNOCKING on the front door. Shit. Whos that?
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Whatevers coming through that
door, Im pretty sure Brian
Sinclairs not qualified to
handle it. Not without help.

AT THE FRONT DOOR: it flies open, familiar-looking MEN IN SUITS


flooding into the apartment. These are the same guys who chased
Brian at the top of the show. They take in Elis corpse.

Brian dry-swallows a pill, CRUNCHING IT in his mouth so itll


take effect faster. He looks around, spotting Elis cell phone
sitting on the night-stand by his bed. As he snatches it up...

EXT. CONDO BUILDING (PARK AVE. SOUTH) - LEDGE - DAY

Brian inches along the ledge, trying not to look down at the
four-story fall. He can hear the MEN moving inside.

Brian peeks down; he can see a balcony with a wrought-iron rail


one story below. Brian looks down at his hands. Some of Elis
blood is on them. As he wills the pill to take effect --

BOYLE (O.C.)
Hey! FBI! Get in here.

Brian turns -- a MAN (35, athletic; well come to know him as


BOYLE) is at the window. A beat, then Boyles AD-LIBBED words
SLOW DOWN. Brian KEYS IN on the pulse beat in Boyles neck.

The pills working. Brian looks down at his hands, as if hes


assessing exactly how much strength they have --

-- and then Brian steps out, turning to face inward as he DROPS


ONE STORY BELOW and catches the railing. A WIDE SHOT: Brian
balcony-surfs his way down, stopping his fall each time by
gripping a rail. Boyle and another AGENT watch, amazed --

HARD CUT TO:

EXT. 14TH ST./UNION SQUARE PARK - DAY

Brian dashes across the middle of Broadway amid a hail of car


horns. This is the moment that began the show.
This time, however, things are different.
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- For the
educational purposes only
chase through the lens of Brians enhanced perceptions --
He dashes across the street, nimbly weaving through traffic.
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Brian pauses at the edge of the Park, mulling his options.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Theres three ways this could go.
Lets look at the options.
A different version of Brian EMERGES FROM HIS BODY and flees
into the park -- where hes tackled by a passing cop. Bad idea.

ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE PARK: Brian watches as this 2nd version


of himself is cuffed.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Heading into the park is bad.

A new version of Brian births itself, skirting the edge of the


park and dashing back into the street when -- BLAM! -- Brian is
mowed down by a bus.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Yikes. Sorry. Subway it is.

INT. UNION SQUARE - L TRAIN PLATFORM - DAY


Weve skipped ahead to the end of the chase, as Brian sidles out
onto the platform and checks the sign that says the next train
is a minute away. As he looks around, we SEE what he SEES --
A woman using a compact mirror to check her makeup. A GUY WITH
DREADS bopping along to jazz. A HOMELESS GUY muttering to
himself. As Brian SIGHS IN RELIEF --
REBECCA (O.C.)
Dont move!
Brian wheels to find that hes staring down the barrel of
Rebecca Tates gun. As commuters scatter --
REBECCA (CONTD)
Hands in the air -- !

Brian raises his hands, considers Rebecca -- we ZOOM IN on the


ID that accompanies her badge. In his enhanced state, Brian can
read it clearly: Special Agent Rebecca Tate. The other Agents
creep toward Brian, and he glances across the tracks --

-- a series of IRON BARS run along the top of the wall that
separate this track from whatevers on the other side. Theyre
fifteen or so feet above the ground -- and, on a certain
stretch, two or three bars are missing. A potential passageway.

A SUDDEN RUSH OF IMAGERY, as Brian makes the calculations that


lead him to jump: the woman putting her makeup on. A long-ago
visit to the TRANSIT MUSEUM, the TOUR GUIDE talking --
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TOUR GUIDE
A subway car weighs eighty-two
thousand pounds, and there are
between eight and eleven of them
in the average train.
We SEE a TRIG TEACHER graphing something on a CHALK BOARD. A
complex algorithm that measures VELOCITY is scrawled on the
board as 16 YEAR-OLD BRIAN fights off sleep in the back row.

IN THE STATION: the formula remains suspended in the air as


Brians enhanced brain works calculations. Some kind of MATH
HOMEWORK superimposes itself onto the slowed-down scene.

And the last image of our BLAST is familiar: ten-year-old Brian


using his watch-face to focus a beam of light on his teacher --
Now: as Brian jumps onto the tracks, we SEE that he plucks the
compact mirror out of the womans hand as he leaps. Once hes
on the tracks, he uses it to FLASH a BEAM OF LIGHT in the
direction of the train. As the BEAM OBSCURES OUR VIEW --
INSIDE THE TRAIN
The drivers playing Monument Valley on his phone. He looks up
as a FLASH OF LIGHT catches his attention. Sees Brians form on
the tracks. Scrambles to yank the emergency brake --
SCREEEEEECH!!!! A SCREAM of metal. Brian wants to close his
eyes, but he keeps them open as the steel leviathan bears down --
-- and comes to a stop mere inches from his nose. A silent
beat. Brians dumbfounded; everyones dumbfounded.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Like I said: dumb idea? Sure.
Brian uses the moment of shock and awe to scramble under the
train. The Agents jump down after him, but Brian darts between
two cars, then props himself between them and climbs up to --

BRIANS VOICE (O.C.)


Worst idea ever?

-- THE RAILING. Brian squeezes through, dropping down onto --

BRIANS VOICE (CONTD)


I guess well find out.

INT. CITY HALL STATION - ABANDONED TRACK - DAY


An abandoned track. He made it. Brian turns his back on us,
his form getting ever-smaller as he runs down the track.

SMASH TO TITLES:
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ACT TWO
FADE IN:

INT. NYC SUBWAY - ABANDONED TRACK - NIGHT (VFX)

Brian moves through the tunnels, the shows signature FRACTAL


ZOOM guiding us through the Citys metal underbelly. PRELAP:

REBECCA (O.C.)
The Bureau learned about NZT six
years ago...

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

An org chart stands on an easel. Its organized into four


tiers: USERS, SUPPLIERS, WHOLESALERS, MAKER. There are a few
pictures under USERS, two under SUPPLIERS. Nothing above that.

REBECCA (O.C.)
Its been a priority for our
department for the last four.
Still: our org charts a joke.

Rebecca stands at the head of the conference table, referring to


the easel as she addresses S.A.C. NASREEN NAZ AWAD (45;
stylish and a canny manipulator of the reins of power). The
other agents who pursued Brian, including Boyle, dot the table.

REBECCA (CONTD)
Its a rear guard action. We
know its rare, but we dont
really have any idea how much is
out there.
(then; re: the chart)
We pick up users when they float
across the transom. Weve found
two suppliers, no wholesalers,
and we have absolutely no idea
where the drug came from.

NAZ
Im aware of how little head-
ways been made. Is there a
reason for the re-briefing?

REBECCA
When we have a chance to add
anything to that chart, we should
move in force.
(then)
This afternoon, a banker named
Eli Waterman reached out to one
of our informants. HeTVwas
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looking for a new source of NZT.
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CONTINUED:
REBECCA (CONT'D)
By the time we got to his
apartment, Waterman was dead.
And this guy was there, blood all
over his hands.
(holds up picture of
Brian)
Brian Sinclair.

INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. NEW YORK STREETS (HELLS KITCHEN) - NIGHT

Brian stands in front of a BANK OF TVs in the window of an


ELECTRONICS STORE. Every TV is tuned to the same newscast that
displays Brians face and text reading: DARING SUBWAY ESCAPE.

REBECCA (O.C.)
He profiles as no one. No steady
income. He doesnt own anything.
He doesnt even lease anything.

Brian absorbs the surreal image -- thats his face. As the


broadcast switches to the next piece of business -- an INTERVIEW
with Senator Eddie Mora -- Brian ducks his head and moves off.

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

As before with Rebecca, Naz, and the other agents.

REBECCA
And yet, Boyle watched him hop
down the side of a building. I
saw him jump in front of the L
and bring it to a dead stop like
he was just... playing chicken.

EXT. ELEVENTH AVENUE - NIGHT

Brian scuttles along. This night-time version of New York is


far less inviting than the one he walked through in Act One.

REBECCA (O.C.)
He was on NZT. It couldnt have
been more obvious.

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

As before. Rebecca holds Brians picture up to the org chart,


testing it in several of the many available blank spots.

REBECCA
So not only is he wanted for
murder... he fits in here,
somewhere. And if he TV
has access
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to the drug, he wont be easy to
run down.
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EXT. HUDSON RIVER PARK - NIGHT

Brians sojourn ends at the Hudson. He stands facing the river,


wondering how he can possibly be a match for the forces that are
marshaling against him.

REBECCA (O.C.)
We need to bring everyone in on
this while its still hot.

Brian pulls out Elis cell phone, stares at it.

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

As before. Rebeccas finishing her spiel.

REBECCA
NYPD, MTA. HomeSec here and in
Newport. We should be dragging
the City. Now.

Rebecca trails off, finished. Naz mulls it all for a beat.

NAZ
I cant pull that trigger. Not
without hard information, you
know that.
(then; studies her)
You usually dont have trouble
playing two moves ahead, Rebecca.
Something under your skin?

They both know there is; they both know what it is, too. But
whatever it is, Rebecca tamps it down.

REBECCA
... No issue here.

EXT. HUDSON RIVER PARK - NIGHT

As before. Brians looking down at Elis phone.

2ND BRIAN
You have to take care of this
yourself. You know that, right?

Brian looks up -- his doppelganger stands beside him.

2ND BRIAN (CONTD)


They think you killed Eli. You
have to prove them wrong.

BRIAN
I cant solve a murder.
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2ND BRIAN
You dont have a choice. You
already know that. Thats why
you took Elis phone.
(then)
Turn it on. There has to be
something you can use in there.

BRIAN
These things have GPS. Theyll
find me if I turn it on.

2ND BRIAN
Theyll find you if you dont.
The FBI can power a cell phone on
remotely. What were you doing
while 60 Minutes was on?

FLASH: Were INSIDE BRIANS DUMPY APARTMENT, where Brians in


the bathroom. The doors open, and we can see a TV playing a
news broadcast about FBI surveillance in BG. As Brian raises a
pair of tweezers to pluck an unruly nose hair --

BACK TO SCENE.

2ND BRIAN (CONTD)


You know what? Dont answer.
The point is, you have to get rid
of that thing.
(then)
Once you turn it on, the GPS will
ping to a tower in about forty
seconds. So work fast.
Brian powers the phone on. A TIMER SUPERIMPOSES itself onto the
corner of the screen. Brian thumbs past the lock screen, and
scrolls through Elis texts as the timer counts down.

As Brian reads messages from a Kiera, a shimmering GHOST


VERSION of KIERA appears, speaking the words hes reading --
GHOST KIERA
Hey babe, are you at home now?
Kiera is joined by a clean-cut BANKER well come to know as
DANIEL HONEYCUTT... and he, in turn, is joined by ELIS MOTHER --

GHOST DANIEL GHOST MOM


Congrats on the bonus, Your sister needs to know if
killer. youre bringing a plus-one to
the wedding.
Brians consuming information as fast as his enhanced brain can.
Hes suddenly surrounded by GHOST VERSIONS of people from Elis
TV cacophony
life, their messages merging into a Calling - For
of educational
minutiae. purposes only
Suddenly hear a distinct voice rises above the din --
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GHOST SAMIR
Eli, get it straight: theres no
more. There isnt gonna be any
more. Lose this number.
Brian looks up. Theres only one person left on the bank: a
guy dressed in hip clothes with shadows obscuring his face.

BRIAN
No more what?

Brian rips the sim card out of the phone just before the timer
DINGS. It winks out of existence. As he pulls the battery --

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


The guys name was Samir. No
last name, no picture.
(then)
Eli used to pick up packages from
Samir at that club Firmament.
All very cryptic; I think hes
Elis dealer. Im gonna find out
what he knows.

Thats his hand-hold. As Brian tosses the phone in the river --

INT. SINCLAIR HOUSE - LIVING AREA - NIGHT

Were ON Brians parents. Theyre in their pajamas, their


expressions shocked as their world re-orients around whatever
terrible news theyve just heard.

MARIE
... Brian? Youre sure you mean
our son?

REVERSE to find Rebecca, sitting opposite Dennis and Marie. The


living room of their house is a shrine to family life, making
Rebecca keenly aware of the impact her words are having.

REBECCA
Were sure. Hes our lead
suspect in the murder of Eli
Waterman, and he may be involved
in the distribution of a schedule
one controlled substance.

MARIE
... oh my God...

REBECCA
Brians face is with every law
enforcement agency in the City.
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could end badly for your son.
(her point)
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REBECCA (CONT'D)
The safest option is for Brian to
surrender. If he contacts you,
tell him that. And if you have
any idea where he is, the best
way for you to help your son is
to tell me. I promise Ill do my
best to bring him in safely.

ON Dennis and Marie, reeling; this is one of those conversations


that bisects a life into before and after. Finally:

MARIE
He hasnt called us. He shares
an apartment in Queens, but if he
isnt there... I dont know.
(then; in shock)
Youre sure you mean Brian? He
was friends with Eli.

After a moment of uncomfortable silence --

REBECCA
If you dont mind, Id like to
look around. I may find
something you havent thought of.

Marie nods absently. As Rebecca rises to go, Dennis, whos


quite obviously weak and unwell, speaks for the first time...

DENNIS
Agent Tate. Do you have kids?
(she shakes her head)
With due respect, that makes it
hard for you to understand.
(then)
Brian is... hes lost in the
world, and I can believe hes
mixed up with this drug somehow.
But youre wrong about one thing:
hes not a murderer.

EXT. FIRMAMENT (MEAT-PACKING DISTRICT) - NIGHT

A line of bridge-and-tunnel hopefuls snakes around the block.


We MOVE ALONG them, FINDING a very different Brian. His hair
has been cut to a bad-ass buzz, and hes wearing a stylish coat-
and-scarf combo. Brian walks along the line of party people.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I got the jacket and scarf from a
coat check.

FLASH: At a trendy RESTAURANT, Brian snags the jacket from the


coat check as the HOSTESS talks MOS
TV to some -CUSTOMERS.
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BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Sorry for stealing your coat,
Tanner Curtis, but to be honest:
you seem like kind of a dick.

FLASH: TANNER CURTIS, Uber-bro owner of the jacket in question,


sits at a table and brays obnoxious laughter.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I took the clippers from a CVS.

FLASH. Clumps of hair fall into the sink as Brian buzzes down.

BACK TO SCENE. As Brian walks up to the VIP entrance, a DOORMAN


presiding over the velvet rope with lordly disdain.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Once Im past the door guy...

The Doorman, deciding Brian meets his standard for looks, poses
his thin-the-herd directive:

DOORMAN
Tell me something interesting
about yourself.

BRIAN
Ive been falsely accused of
murder, and Im on a night-time
odyssey through the City trying
to prove my innocence.

Beat. The Doorman smiles: good one. As he admits Brian --

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I just have to find Samir.

HARD CUT TO:

INT. FIRMAMENT - DANCE FLOOR - NIGHT

A DRONE floats above the dancing crowd, carrying a bucket of


bottle-service champagne. (Yes, this is a club-culture thing.)
The bucket has a card reading SAMIR taped to it, sparklers
drawing attention to it as it flies across the dance floor.

CAMERA follows the drone, Brian tracking its progress until it


descends on a table in the corner. A HIP EAST ASIAN GUY stands
atop it, making it rain ten dollar bills onto the outstretched
hands of dancers below. He plucks the bottle from the bucket.

BRIAN
... Samir?
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The Guy shakes his head. He steps aside to REVEAL a MAN sitting
in the corner of the booth. His hoodie is pulled up, and hes
wearing a hat and shades.

This is SAMIR, and hes a weird sight -- like the title


character from H.G. Wells The Invisible Man hit the club
circuit. As Brian slips into the booth...

SAMIR
Do I know you?

BRIAN
Im here about Eli Waterman.

Samir cocks his head at that. Considers Brian for a beat, notes
the way his irises glimmer brightly against the club lights.

SAMIR
Hah. Should have seen it in your
eyes. Youre on NZT.

BRIAN
NZT, thats what you call it?

SAMIR
I dont have any pills. Ran out
a while back --

BRIAN
Elis dead. Someone killed him.

SAMIR
.... Okay. Thats got nothing to
do with me.

BRIAN
I read your texts. You argued --

Brians surprised when Samir starts to laugh.

SAMIR
You think I did it? I promise
you, bro. Im in no condition to
be murdering on anybody.

Samir lowers his hood, pulls his shades off -- hes a hideous
after picture come to life. Hes a walking ghost; his face
withered and pale, his eyes hollow.

BRIAN
What happened to you?

SAMIR
You dont know? NZT happened.
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NZT happened? What does that mean? But before Brian responds --
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SAMIR (CONTD)
If you wanna know who did Eli,
why dont you talk to one of his
buddies at that bank? They had
like a little pill crew --

BRIAN
Eli wasnt the only one taking
the pills? Who were the others?

SAMIR
He just told me he was buying for
himself and a couple other guys.

Samir eyes Brian, appraising him coolly --

SAMIR (CONTD)
Hasnt started for you yet, huh?
Heres what you got coming: first
time you take NZT, you wake up
with the worst hangover you ever
had. It gets worse. After a
while, it hurts so bad you pray
for someone to come along and put
you out of your misery. Then
your hands shake. You wake up
places with no idea how you got
there.

Brian stares, taking in the wizened spectacle that is Samir.

SAMIR (CONTD)
Tough not to chase that dragon,
though. Youre looking good
tonight, bro. But who were you
before you took the pill? Who
could you be with more of it... ?

BRIAN
I just want to find out what
happened to Eli, then help my
dad. After that, Im done.

SAMIR
(yeah, okay)
I just wanted to crush the GMATs.
(then)
Now get out of here. Im trying
to have fun while I still can.

Samir cackles; its unsettling, a mixture of despair and


gloating. He hands his friend a stack of bills to toss. As a
laughing Samir is obscured by a veil of legal tender confetti,
Brian shoulders his way across the TVdance floor,
Calling - For thinking.
educational purposes only

FLASH. Brian works the file room at Manchester-Reid.


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CONTINUED: (3)

BRIANS VOICE (O.C.)


I read every file at the bank.

BACK TO SCENE. The dance floor bacchanal swirls around Brian.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I can figure out who else is
taking the drug there.

FLASH: As Brian sorts through the files, two FACES POP OUT:
the first is DANIEL HONEYCUTT. The second is JAY GARNETTE.
Numbers emerge from the files, information on their income.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Eli got the biggest bonus, but
there are two other young guys
who came from nowhere to make
eight figures inside of a year.
(as the PICTURES POP OUT)
Daniel Honeycutt. Jay Garnette.
Theyre the other ones using NZT.
BACK TO SCENE: Jay Garnettes employee picture remains
suspended in mid-air. Brian walks through it as he EXITS --

INT. APARTMENT BUILDING (GRAMERCY PARK) - NIGHT

CLOSE ON The Wall Street Journal, resting on a welcome mat. The


address label reads: JAY GARNETTE. The papers kicked aside --

-- REVEAL Brian. He knocks on the door. Again. Brian


contemplates the lock for a moment. Fishes in his pocket for
his key ring. As he fiddles with the metal circle that holds
the keys together --

FLASH. BRIANS MEMORY. A YOUNG HOTTIE is cuffed to BRIANS BED


with some fluffy pink handcuffs. Brian, naked, is watching a
Youtube-type video on lock-picking.

YOUNG HOTTIE
You really cant find the key?

BACK TO SCENE. The key ring is now re-fashioned into a straight


piece of metal with a loop at the end: an impromptu lock pick.

INT. JAY GARNETTES APARTMENT - NIGHT

The front door opens, Brian slipping into the darkened


apartment. He moves into the space, eyes clocking everything.

INT. JAY GARNETTES APARTMENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT

Brian stops short in the doorway. Jay Garnette lies dead on his
bed. Some vomit dribbles from his TVmouth,
Callingand a prescription
- For educational purposes only
pill bottle labeled SECOBARBITAL is tilted over. Brian
contemplates the tableau.
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CONTINUED:

BRIANS VOICE (O.C.)


Three people at Manchester-Reid
are taking the pills, and two of
them die inside eighteen hours?
(then)
This isnt a suicide. Someones
killing these guys for their NZT.
(then)
Its almost four in the morning.
I can feel the pill starting to
wear off.

INT. REBECCAS APARTMENT (ASTORIA) - NIGHT

A MAP OF NEW YORK is tacked up to the wall. Various


neighborhoods are flagged -- Rebecca, dressed in her night
clothes, is assembling a map of Brians comings and goings.

Jobs hes held, places hes lived, apartments of friends and


lovers -- theyre all there. Rebecca HEARS a noise OFFSCREEN.
Cocking her head, she moves into --

THE BEDROOM. The night-stand drawer is ajar. As she ENTERS --

BRIAN (O.C.)
You really get lost in your work.
You didnt hear me come in.

She wheels -- and is stunned to find Brian standing in the


doorway to the Bathroom. Rebecca dashes for the night-stand.

BRIAN (CONTD)
Its not there.

Brian holds up her gun. Its not trained on her, but thats not
making Rebecca feel much better --

REBECCA
What do you want?

BRIAN
I cant tell you who killed Eli
yet. But I can tell you a lot.
(then)
You can go places I cant. You
have resources I dont.
(then; his point)
Youre going to help me figure
out who really did it.

And ON Rebecca, stunned that the man shes hunting is standing


here proposing some kind of collaboration --
TV Calling - ForCUT TO BLACK.
educational purposes only

END OF ACT TWO


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ACT THREE
FADE IN:

INT. REBECCAS APARTMENT - LIVING AREA - NIGHT

A minute later. Brian and Rebecca sit opposite each other,


Brian resting a protective hand atop her gun. Theres a LAPTOP
on the table. Rebecca looks right at Brian, showing no fear.

REBECCA
If you hand me my gun right now,
I probably wont shoot you --

BRIAN
There are other people at the
bank using NZT. One of them is
named Jay Garnette. Right now,
hes lying dead in his apartment
in Gramercy Park.
(then)
Its set up to look like a
suicide, but I think the same
person killed Eli and Jay.
(then)
Go there. Test his blood for
NZT.

Beat. Rebecca eyes him curiously, unable to figure out his


angle. After thinking it through...

REBECCA
If Garnette had the drug, that
gives you motive to kill him.

BRIAN
Does it give me motive to come
here and tell you about it?
(then)
Someone is killing the people who
are using NZT at Manchester-Reid.

Brian pushes the laptop across the table.

BRIAN (CONTD)
Thats Jay Garnettes laptop. He
has a bunch of emails from
someone with the screen-name
Hapaboy. Theres nothing that
says what Hapaboys real name is,
but he used to work with Jay.
Hes at one of the big banks, I
just dont know which one.
(then) TV Calling - For educational purposes only
He knows Jays using something to
get ahead. He wants in.
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BRIAN (CONTD)
(then)
You should read the emails. They
get more and more threatening.

Rebecca just eyes the computer. Makes no move.

BRIAN (CONTD)
Im handing you a suspect.
(then)
Tomorrow, when you go to work?
Youre going to have a choice.
Try to find me. Or try to find a
murderer.

Another beat as Rebecca gives the matter thought...

REBECCA
Your storys got lots of threads
for me to pull on. Most lies
told by addicts do.
(then)
Whats the game? I run around
Gramercy Park trying to find a
body that might or might not be
there while you get out of town?

BRIAN
I could be out of town already.
(then)
What is with you? Youre
obviously a smart person, so why
cant you even entertain the idea
that Im innocent --

But Brian interrupts himself, trailing off. He stands, curious.

WHAT HE SEES: Book titles on a shelf: Night of the Gun. How To


Stop Time. The Basketball Diaries. The margins of her case
notes, where Rebecca has doodled a distinctive symbol a few
times. Its a triangle, with a circle inside of it.

Brian considers it all, an epiphany gathering -- even as Rebecca


takes advantage of his distraction to reach for her gun. Just
as shes about to grab it, Brian wheels and pins it down.

BRIAN (CONTD)
Oh. You lost someone in your
family to addiction.
(off her look)
Night of the Gun. How To Stop
Time. Those are memoirs by
addicts.
(then)
Youre a doodler. I saw you drew
TV Calling - For educational purposes only
a triangle inside a circle in the
margins of your case notes.
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CONTINUED: (2)
BRIAN (CONTD)
Thats the logo for Al-Anon.
They work with family members of
addicts. Was it your mother?

REBECCA
Stop it. Im serious. Now.

But before she can respond, he notes a series of framed


pictures. Plenty of recent shots of Rebecca and a person who
appears to be her mom -- but only one with her father.

BRIAN
No, wait. Thats the most recent
picture of you and your dad, and
its at least ten years old.

Rebeccas stone face is on the verge of cracking.

REBECCA
You think Im impressed that you
can stomp around in my life?
Youre not smart, youre high.

BRIAN
Im not lying, though.

REBECCA
Leave.

Rebeccas choking back emotion. Brian has clearly trod on


territory she rarely explores. He stands, emptying the bullets
from her gun clip into his hand.

BRIAN
Im not gonna take your gun. I
know you get in trouble for that.
(turns to leave; then)
Hows my father?
(off her look; re: map)
You wouldnt know all that
without talking to my parents.

REBECCA
... He looks really sick.

A moment as Brian considers that. Finally:

BRIAN
... when your dad was using, Im
sure you did everything you could
to save him.
(no response)
If somebody told you there was a
way to do even more...TVICalling
bet you- For educational purposes only
would have taken them up on it.
(his point)
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CONTINUED: (3)
BRIAN (CONT'D)
If you think about that for a
little bit... youll understand
why Im doing all this.

As he exits, we HOLD ON Rebeccas face... and DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SOMEPLACE - NIGHT

Were CLOSE ON Brians face as he contemplates something.

BRIANS VOICE (O.C.)


I read an article about how
foreign investors are buying up
all the real estate in the City.

A NEW ANGLE REVEALS that Brians standing in an enormous


apartment with a fucking incredible view of the City. Its
lavishly furnished, but clearly uninhabited.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


It had a picture of the view from
a condo that just sold for fifty
million dollars to some sheik.

FLASH: Brians NZT-enhanced memory of the article. It features


a daytime picture of the same view Brians looking at.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I could feel the pill wearing
off, and I needed someplace to
go. Im on NZT. Im not gonna
crash under a bridge.

Brian walks up to a forty-thousand dollar TV, flips it on. Its


tuned to a replay of a 60 Minutes-style interview with Senator
Edward Mora, a Lara Login-esque CORRESPONDENT interviewing him
MOS. Brian flips around, eventually cycling back to Eddie.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Nothing about me. I knew what I
needed to do next, anyway.

Brian leaves the TV on as he turns to the window. And ON Brian,


looking out at the twinkling City as Eddie chats away in BG --

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - OPEN LIVING AREA - MORNING

THE SAME VIEW, considerably less glamorous on a grey morning.


Brian blinks awake, the light searing his eyes. A brief self-
assessment: he feels like shit, but maybe Samir exaggerated.

Hope passes quickly. Before Brian TVcan even -sit


Calling For up, hes
educational purposes only
attacked by cramps that curl him into a fetal ball.
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INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY

Brian clings the toilet like its a life raft. Hes retching
the contents of his stomach into the bowl. When theres nothing
left, Brian stands. Props himself up on the sink.

INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - OPEN LIVING AREA - DAY

A few minutes later. Brians a bit steadier on his feet.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


I told Agent Tate everything I
know... except for the name of
the third guy using the drug.
(then)
Daniel Honeycutt. I need to get
to his place before the FBI does.
If hes still alive, he has NZT.

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY

Rebeccas at the tail end of a de-briefing on last nights


events. She sits opposite Naz, an ND JUNIOR STAFFER taking
notes in BG. Boyle sits off to the side.

NAZ
... Sinclair didnt say anything
about where hes heading?

REBECCA
Im not sure he knew. Hed
already been to that nightclub,
to Jay Garnettes apartment. I
dont think hed stopped moving
since he got away.

Naz absorbs that. Finally --

NAZ
I know youve got plenty to do.
But carve out an hour for the
written report, okay?

Rebecca NODS. As the meeting breaks up, Boyle approaches.

BOYLE
Sure youre okay, Bec?
(she nods again)
Let me know if you want me to
jump on this with you.

She nods. Then, surprising herself, she comes to a decision.


She cant quite believe shes saying this. But:
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CONTINUED:

REBECCA
Wait. Pitch in on some leg work?
(then)
Hapa, thats Hawaiian. It
means someone of mixed heritage.
(then)
Can you help me hit the HR
departments on Wall Street? See
if we can find a trader with a
Hawaiian background whos about
Elis age?

Boyle reacts to that: seriously?

BOYLE
Youre checking out Sinclairs
story. You believe him?

REBECCA
Brian came to my apartment. And
he brought good information.

BOYLE
Brian?

REBECCA
Sinclair. Whatever. Does a
guilty guy do that?

The question hangs there. Has Rebecca turned a corner?

EXT. CONDO TOWER - DAY

A citadel of wealth, perched on the South end of Central Park.


Brian approaches the condo tower, making no effort to disguise
his identity... but before he can get in, spasms of pain wrack
his stomach. He props himself up on a column, drawing stares.

INT. CONDO TOWER - CORRIDOR - DAY

Brians kneeling in front of a particular door, using the lock


pick he fashioned last night to work the lock. Its not going
well -- his hands feel like theyre full of lead.

Brian pulls out the pick with an exasperated sigh. Takes a


couple breaths to steady himself. As he sets back to work --

-- the door swings open. Brian is face to face with a man we


recognize as DANIEL HONEYCUTT (30; delicate features).

DANIEL
What the hell are you doing --

Daniel stops short, recognizing Brian. Daniel


TV Calling moves
- For to swing
educational purposes only
the door shut... but Brian blocks it with his hand. As Daniel
backs away, Brian, on his knees, pleads.
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CONTINUED:

BRIAN
You know who I am?
(Daniel nods)
I dont have a weapon. Im not
going to hurt you. I didnt kill
Eli. I didnt kill Jay.
(then)
I came here for an NZT pill. I
was going to steal from you,
true. But I want to use it to
prove who killed Eli, and to help
my dad.
(then)
Im not what youve seen on the
news. Im not a bad person. But
I need help.

Its a pathetic plea, but Brian doesnt really have a choice.


He could not be more surprised to hear --

DANIEL
I believe you.
(Brians look: what?)
Eli talked about you all the
time. You guys had the band,
right? Did you know -- as rich
as Eli was -- he was jealous of
you. He gave up. You never did.

Brian could not possibly be more surprised. Its like hes


found a guardian angel.

DANIEL (CONTD)
You look bad. Does it hurt?
(Brian NODS; opens door)
Come on in. I can help.

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. WALL STREET HIGH-RISE - DAY

A show-piece lobby. Rebecca falls into stride next to Boyle,


who brings her up to speed as they approach the elevators.

BOYLE
Hapaboy is named Jamie Penn.
Born in Hilo, went through the
Manchester-Reid training program.
Currently a trader here at
Ubient.
(then)
How do you want to play this?
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CONTINUED:

REBECCA
If he cant give us an alibi,
theres a decent chance he killed
two people and he has NZT.
(her point)
Play it carefully.

As the doors slide shut on them --

INT. DANIELS APARTMENT - DAY

Daniel closes the door behind Brian. The place is clean.


Bright. Welcoming.

DANIEL
Ill get you a pill.

As Daniel heads back to his bedroom, another spasm of pain


wracks Brians abdomen.

INT. UBIENT FINANCIAL - TRADING FLOOR - DAY

Boyle badges a trader as they walk across the floor.

REBECCA
Were looking for Jamie Penn.

The trader nods to a corner -- where a young man with two broken
legs sits in a wheelchair. As he turns to face them --

REBECCA (CONTD)
Jamie Penn?
(he nods)
What happened to your legs?

JAMIE PENN
I went heli-skiing in Banff last
month. I took a bad fall. Why?

Rebecca and Boyle exchange a look. This guy obviously hasnt


been running around killing people.

INT. DANIELS APARTMENT - DAY

As before. Brian bends over, succumbing to the spasm. He


reaches out blindly for support, finds himself grabbing the
stalk of one of the two potted plants that flank Daniels TV.

Theres a bit of a rattle; the plants loose in its pot. As the


spasm passes, Brian steps back.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Just a rattle, right? No big
deal. TV Calling - For educational purposes only
(then)
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CONTINUED:

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Still, it made me curious enough
to look closer. Daniels
apartment was immaculate. Like
OCD immaculate. Everything was
symmetrical. Almost everything.
WIDE SHOT: Brian stands in the, yes, perfectly symmetrical room.
In the wide shot, theres no mistaking it: the plant he just
grabbed is a bit higher than the other. Somethings in the
bottom of the taller plants pot.

Brian, curious, steps to the plant thats higher than its


compatriot. He reaches out, moving the stalk back and forth.
It WOBBLES, as if its standing on something uneven.
Curious, Brian pulls the plant out of its decorative pot. And
there, lining the bottom of the urn --
-- are several BRICKS OF CASH wrapped in plastic. And atop the
cash, we SEE a SILVER MONEY CLIP. Theres no mistaking it: its
fashioned in the initials E.W. Its the same clip Eli was
carrying earlier in the show. Brian realizes:
Hapaboy isnt killing people; Daniel is. A shocked Brian WHEELS
to FIND Daniel there, a gun trained on him. Brian dives for
safety as Daniel FIRES. And ON the ROAR of the GUNSHOT --
CUT TO BLACK.
END OF ACT THREE

TV Calling - For educational purposes only


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ACT FOUR
FADE IN:

INT. DANIELS APARTMENT - DAY


A split-second later. Brian tumbles across the apartment as
Daniel FIRES a handful of shots, rolling to the front door --

INT. CONDO TOWER - CORRIDOR - DAY


-- Brian blasts out into the hall. He spots a FIRE EXTINGUISHER
behind glass. Brian limps over to it, blood seeping through his
jeans. Hes been hit in the left thigh.
Brian smashes the glass with his elbow, yanks the extinguisher
free. As the door to Daniels apartment OPENS, Brian SWINGS
with everything hes got -- the extinguisher connects with an
emerging Daniel, who goes down, his gun CLATTERING to the floor.
As a dazed Daniel crawls for his weapon, Brian dashes for the
stairs as fast as his wounded leg will carry him.
EXT. CONDO TOWER - DAY
Brian emerges from the building, looking over his shoulder as he
limp-runs down the sidewalk. Daniel EMERGES. As Brian dashes
across Broadway, TAXI HORNS blaring --
EXT. LINCOLN CENTER - PLAZA - DAY
Daniel follows Brian across the street, but Brian makes his way
out onto the PLAZA at the heart of Lincoln Center. Its dotted
with a lunch-time crowd.
Recognizing that the populated area is an oasis of safety, Brian
turns to find Daniel approaching. Daniel looks around, the gun
stashed in his sweatshirt. They stare each other down.

BRIAN
Hapaboy didnt kill anyone.
You guys were running out of NZT,
so you got rid of Eli and Jay.
Took their pills.

Daniel nods at the money-clip that Brians still holding.


DANIEL
I should have thrown that away.
(then)
Your buddy Eli was a snake. He
snuck onto my computer, read some
reports I was working on and used
them to short the market.
(then)
So really -- the biggest bonus,
and that money clip? TV Calling
They - For educational purposes only
should
have been mine. So I kept it.
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CONTINUED:
BRIAN
... you couldnt have just found
another supplier?
DANIEL
Believe me, I looked. Ill have
to find someone else eventually,
but Ive got plenty of time.
Theyre looking for you.
(then; re: clip)
You planning to go to the police?
Then what -- show them that?
Thats just evidence that you
killed Eli.
(then)
We can call right now if you
want. I cant wait to tell them
how I shot the fugitive who came
to my apartment looking for some
drug called NZT -- which, by the
way, Brian, Im not stupid enough
to keep where I live.
A moment as Brians mind scrambles...
DANIEL (CONTD)
Speaking of the pills: youre
fresh out, arent you? Thats
too bad, cause Ive got plenty.
(then)
The way I see it... maybe you
pass out from that hole in your
leg. Maybe you get arrested.
(then)
Or maybe I find you before anyone
with a badge does. Either way...
works out fine for me.
(then)
By the way? The band? Eli said
you guys sucked. He used to
laugh about it all the time.

As Daniel STANDS, melting into the mid-day crowd...


INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY
CLATTER! A bevy of EMERGENCY SUPPLIES is dropped INTO FRAME --
QUICK-CLOT Combat Gauze, ANTISEPTIC, NEEDLES and STITCHING
THREAD, etc. -- all crashing into the sink as we HEAR --
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
I picked up all this stuff on my
way back to the apartment.
Brians just emptied the kit into the sink of the apartment
where hes crashing. As he considers it -- - For educational purposes only
TV Calling
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CONTINUED:
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Thing is, I have no idea what to
do with it.

CUT TO:

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - BULLPEN - DAY

Rebecca has dragged a white board over to her desk, where shes
created an impromptu crime board. Elis picture is on the far
right, over figures that compare his income from 2013 and 2014.
She has written NZT right under his picture.

Jay Garnette is next. Hes got bonus figures listed, too, along
with the designation NZT. The last picture is Daniel
Honeycutts. Hes got the same bonus figures listed. As
Rebecca writes NZT? under his picture, her phone rings.

Rebecca checks the caller ID: ADNAN NAFKHAMI. She answers.

REBECCA
Hello?

INTERCUT WITH:
INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY
Brian sits on the edge of the sink, pressing some gauze onto his
wound as he talks into a CORDLESS PHONE belonging to the
apartments owner.
BRIAN
Hey, guess what? I figured out
who killed Eli. His names
Daniel Honeycutt.

REBECCA
... Brian?

Rebecca gestures frantically for Boyle, mouthing the words Its


Brian. Boyle flies into action.

BRIAN
I cant prove it yet. And he
kind of, um... he shot me.

REBECCA
What? Are you at a hospital?

BRIAN
No. They train you guys how to
patch up bullet wounds, right?
Just in case you cant get to a
hospital.
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CONTINUED:

REBECCA
They tell us to get to the
hospital --

BRIAN
Im not doing that --

REBECCA
You want me to coach you through
patching a bullet wound? Why
would you expect me to do that?

BRIAN
Because Im innocent! I didnt
kill anyone, and I dont deserve
to go to jail while I wait for
someone else to figure that out.
(then)
Im scared. And Im bleeding,
and I dont know what to do --

To trust or not to trust? Rebeccas been trampled on this


question before. But even so, she cuts Brian off --

REBECCA
Stop. Wheres the bullet?

So shell help. Brian looks down at the mess that is his leg.

BRIAN
It went through my leg --

REBECCA
The slugs not in there?

BRIAN
I dont think so. Theres a hole
where it came out.

REBECCA
Is the blood bright red or dark?

BRIAN
I dont know. Dark, I think?

REBECCA
Thats good. That means the
bullet didnt hit an artery.
(then)
Were gonna patch the entry and
exit wounds. But if theres any
cloth from your pants in there,
it could get infected. Youve
got to get that out first. Do - For educational purposes only
TV Calling
you have tweezers?
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CONTINUED: (2)

Brian picks up tweezers from the kit. Stares down at the open
wound. Is he really about to go digging around in his own leg?

BRIAN
This is gonna hurt, huh?

REBECCA
A lot.

Beat. Before Brian digs in, he does something odd: he laughs.

BRIAN
You know something? My mom
always wanted me to be a doctor.

The faintest of grins from Rebecca. She lets him work through
the rueful feeling for a moment, then engages him calmly --

REBECCA
Hey. You can do this. Ill talk
you through it.

Brian grits his teeth as he plunges the tweezers in --

Pain. So much of it. Brian fights it off. But the combination


of the trauma and coming off the drug... its too much. Brian
stands, holding onto the sink as the world goes black.

We STAY WITH HIM as he collapses. We can hear Rebeccas tinny


voice through the phone.

REBECCA (O.C.) (CONTD)


Brian? Brian?

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - BATHROOM - LATER

LOOKING DOWN on Brian from above, his face oddly peaceful as the
blood spreads on the floor. CRACK! A commotion OFF-SCREEN.

BRIANS POV: MEN IN SUITS, guns drawn, have just kicked their
way into the apartment. As they grab Brian underneath his
armpits, he fades back into unconsciousness --

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SOMEWHERE - DAY

Brians secured to a chair with a combination of ZIP-TIES and


HANDCUFFS. He blinks into consciousness to FIND that hes in
some kind of huge, apparently abandoned INDUSTRIAL SPACE.

Brian feels something tugging at his leg. He


TV Calling looks
- For down topurposes
educational find only
A WOMAN IN SCRUBS, her face covered by a surgical mask, is
tending to his wound.
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CONTINUED:

BRIAN
What are you doing -- ?

WOMAN IN SCRUBS
Disinfectant. Combat gauze.
Youll need stitches eventually,
but you wont bleed out. Unless
you get your dumb ass shot again.

And as Brian wonders where exactly he is --

A MANS VOICE (O.C.)


Her bedside manners a little
unorthodox. But youre in expert
hands.

Brian blinks in the direction of the voice, turning to find --

-- EDDIE MORA, the hero of the movie Limitless and the man
whose face weve seen throughout the episode. Eddies suit cost
more than Brian made last year; his body hums with confidence
and power, but his eyes carry the weight of things hes seen and
done since last we saw him -- things both governed and ignored
by conscience.

EDDIE MORA
Its time for you and me to talk.

As Brians mind reels, wondering what Eddie Mora wants with him -

CUT TO BLACK.

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ACT FIVE

FADE IN:

INT. SOMEWHERE/WAREHOUSE SPACE - DAY

The Woman in Scrubs has just finished working, and shes untying
Brians restraints. She walks off -- and its just Eddie and
Brian, considering each other:

EDDIE MORA
Do you know who I am?
(Brian nods warily)
Do you know why I brought you
here?

BRIAN
... no.

EDDIE MORA
I have an eye on everyone in the
NZT family. Who knows about it,
who has it... who wants it.
(then)
Ive been keeping track of you
ever since you first bumped into
the FBI at your friends
apartment.

BRIAN
Why? Youre a Senator, Im
nobody.

EDDIE MORA
True. You are very much nobody.
(then)
Resorbed Twin? Seriously?
Thats just desperate.

Eddie STANDS, moving behind Brian and fetching something from a


REFRIGERATOR. Brian cranes his neck, but he cant see Eddie.

EDDIE MORA (CONTD)


When the FBI traced your last
call, one of my sources
intercepted it.

When Eddie sits back down, hes holding a leather CASE - the
kind diabetics carry. It remains, ominously, ZIPPED. Mora
looks at Brian, amused -- so much you dont know:

EDDIE MORA (CONTD)3


Right now, the pain is
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bullet -- its the withdrawal.
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And it gets worse: if you keep
taking it, you might remember
tonight as the last time you felt
like a human being.

BRIAN
... Might?

EDDIE MORA
Your brains an organ, and in
withdrawal itll begin to consume
itself. So I dont really know
what youre going to be able to
remember. You may not even
remember how to kill yourself
when you cant take it anymore.

Jesus. Brian swallows -- scared --

BRIAN
Why are you telling me this?

EDDIE MORA
Because Ive won. I took a pill
this morning. Ive taken one
every morning for five years.
And I cant remember the last
time I felt bad.
(he considers)
Thats not true. I think I had a
headache three or four years ago.
(then)
Brian, Im going to be President
of The United States, and I
cannot serve my country if Im
not optimal.

Brian just stares, mind tumbling...

BRIAN
... how? How did you do it?

Eddie unzips the case. Theres a loaded SYRINGE GUN in there.

EDDIE MORA
This. Two years of private
research. I developed -- well,
lets call it an antidote. It
works on your cyclical enzyme
system.
(then)
You dont know what that is.
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EDDIE MORA (CONT'D)
and you can take all the NZT you
want, without the side effects.

Eddie figured out how to take it safely. As Brian ponders that -

EDDIE MORA (CONTD)


Youll have the opportunity to
accomplish things people cant
imagine.
(then)
Can you remember what it was like
to be inside your mothers womb?

FLASH: A FETUS, seen in ULTRASOUND and peacefully floating in


the womb. It turns to us, and were stunned when its mouth
starts moving -- it speaks, bizarrely, in Eddies adult voice.

FETAL EDDIE
I can. I think about it whenever
I need to relax.

BACK TO SCENE: As before with Eddie and Brian.

EDDIE MORA
Whats inside quantum foam and
whats under that? Is universal
consciousness down there?

FLASH: We PLUNGE through a DARK CLOUD, emerging into a field of


perfect blue. Is this heaven? Nope -- as we PULL AWAY, we
realize its just the iris of Eddies left eye. BACK TO SCENE --

EDDIE MORA (CONTD)


Have you ever thought about why
people have to age?

FLASH: AGED EDDIE, lying in a HOSPICE as he addresses us --

AGED EDDIE
Is it inevitable? Im not sure,
Im working on it.

Were CLOSE ON Aged Eddies face as it begins to MORPH. The


wrinkles FILL IN, the color is restored, until were BACK TO
SCENE, Eddies face as youthful as ever.

BRIAN
All due respect... what the hell
are you talking about? Im
wanted for murder. My options
right now are prison... or death.

Eddie dismisses that with a wave of his hand: not even an issue.
He reaches into the leather kit, producing
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EDDIE MORA
If youre not a killer, go out
there and prove it.

BRIAN
(a beat)
Why are you helping me?

EDDIE MORA
I used to be you, Brian. The
lowest common denominator.
Holding it together with duct
tape and a staple gun. And I,
like you, knew it. That was the
worst part. I knew I meant
nothing. It was very lonely.
(then)
I had to lose everything to
understand what I was capable of.
And thats what Im offering you:
understanding. How can you know
what youre capable of if you
dont even know whats out there?
Or inside you.
(then)
Would you like to become someone
who matters?

He lets the question hang. Brian reads an agenda on Eddie, one


he couldnt possibly even begin to understand at this point --

BRIAN
What is it you want?

EDDIE MORA
I need someone in a position
youll soon become qualified to
fill.

BRIAN
(confused beat)
... What position?

EDDIE MORA
Presently, you cant understand.
(then)
There will be a time when Ill
ask for a favor. For now, Ill
make sure you keep getting these
shots, youll have all the NZT
you need. But...
(beat)
This conversation is here and now
and nowhere else. If TV
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to consult the FBI, your family,
anyone...
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EDDIE MORA (CONT'D)
I will leave you to die more
painfully and slowly than your
limited psyche can conceive of.

He is not fucking kidding. Brians eyes go to the syringe.


Finally, conflicted... he NODS. Eddie takes the gun and presses
it to Brians arm -- THNK! Injects the syringe. Then offers
him the clear pill in the baggie:

EDDIE MORA (CONTD)


Now go get answers. And take my
advice: trust no one.

BRIAN
Not even you?

A small smile from Eddie:

EDDIE MORA
Now were getting somewhere.

Their look HOLDS. Unsettled, Brian throws back the pill and
swallows. And off Moras GRIN --

INT. EMPTY APARTMENT - OPEN LIVING AREA - NIGHT

Brians old crash pad is now a crime scene -- FBI TECHS are
setting up to examine every nook and cranny. Rebecca stands in
the middle of the room, assessing the scene.

One thing stands out; one thing was meant to stand out. Theres
an envelope taped to the center of the window. It reads: DAD.

As Rebecca plucks it off the glass, propulsive MUSIC rises and


CAMERA plunges through the window and down the side of the
building --

-- and now were making our way through New York via FRACTAL
ZOOM, wending our way out onto --

EXT. THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE - PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY - DAY

-- where the ZOOM comes to a stop with a CLOSE SHOT of Elis


money clip. It rests on the railing, gleaming in the sun.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


This started with Elis money
clip.

A killer view of the City sprawls behind Brian, but right now
his entire world is that clip.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


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Brian stares at the clip, willing himself toward some epiphany.


He picks it up, opens the key compartment and looks at the
BLOODSTAINS that line the felt.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Or maybe not. Maybe I had to
think of something else --
Brian closes the compartment. When his fingers brush against
the stain, they come away - somehow - wet with bright red blood.
Huh? Brian stares down at the money clip. And then it happens:
The blood stains animate, reverting to liquid form. As it
FLOWS BACKWARD, we are suddenly in --

FLASH: ELIS CONDO, moving in REWIND as the BLOOD FLOWS out of


Elis body and onto the point of the knife that Daniel is using
to STAB ELI over and over again.
After rewinding to the first thrust of Daniels knife, the
footage begins MOVING FORWARD. FOLLOW Elis blood as it seeps
out of his abdomen, into his pocket and OVER the money clip.
INSIDE THE MONEY CLIP: where the blood flows onto the felt of
the compartment, and over the tissue-wrapped NZT pills. As it
seeps into the tissue, and finally INTO THE PILLS THEMSELVES...
BACK TO SCENE: Brian looks down at his hands -- no blood. The
stains in the clip are dry, too. But hes realized something.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
Theres one piece of evidence
Daniel cant get rid of.

INT. HOME DEPOT (QUEENS) - DAY


An amped Brian moves through the aisles. Hes looking for
something, and making no effort to hide his face.
BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)
I know all about Daniel now.
Ive seen his apartment.

FLASH. INSIDE DANIELS APARTMENT -- FEATURING a file box on a


shelf. The label reads ELIZABETH HONEYCUTT POWER OF ATTORNEY.

BRIANS VOICE (V.O.)


Hes got power of attorney over
his mother. Ive read his file,
so I know his social security
number, too.
(then)
I called every bank downtown,
pretending to be him. I learned
that he keeps a safetyTVdeposit in
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his moms name.

As Brian stops in front of an ENORMOUS POWER DRILL --


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INT. A BANK (FINANCIAL DISTRICT) - DAY


This is a flagship branch; marble floors, currency exchange, the
whole deal. Brian walks through the REVOLVING DOORS, carrying
the still-boxed drill under his arm.
He spots the SECURITY GUARD standing nearby. Cases the rest of
the place, then walks up to him, puts a hand on his arm.
BRIAN
Hey, sorry -- I need your gun.

The Guard moves for the holster. Brian puts his hand over the
guards, maintaining eye contact.
BRIAN (CONTD)
Dont make it a thing. Id hate
to hurt anybody.

Brian gently moves the guards hand aside, extracts the gun.
Then he holds it high in the air, calling out --
BRIAN (CONTD)
Excuse me, everybody. Hi. Im
robbing the place. Stay calm.
(to a Teller)
You can hit the silent alarm now.
TELLER
You want me to hit the alarm?
BRIAN
I want you to call the FBI, too.
Tell them Brian Sinclair just
walked in here with a gun.

HARD CUT TO:

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE BANK - DAY

Commotion. The NYPDs out in force: a perimeter snakes around


the bank. Rebecca and Boyle walk into this maelstrom, Rebecca
badging a BEAT COP on the edge of the scene.

REBECCA
... FBI...

BEAT COP
(re: her badge)
Youre Tate? The guy in the bank
just got off the phone with our
negotiator. He has one request.
You.

INT. A BANK - DAY


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The EMPLOYEES and CUSTOMERS are huddled against one wall. Brian
watches as the revolving door at the front starts to SPIN.
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Rebecca finally emerges and steps in. A beat as they consider
each other, companions of sorts on a strange journey.

REBECCA
What are we doing here, Brian?

BRIAN
Daniel Honeycutts mother has a
safety deposit box downstairs.
He has power of attorney.

Rebecca does some quick math, realizes what Brians planning.

REBECCA
... and Im your witness?
(he nods)
You better hope youre right.

HARD CUT TO:

INT. BANK - SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX ROOM - DAY

WHIRRRRR!! Rebecca and the Manager look on as Brian drills into


a steel box door. The lock finally SPLINTERS, Brian opens the
door and pulls out the box within.
Brian takes a deep breath, then opens it to REVEAL... nothing.
Well, not what Brian hoped, anyway. Some papers. Heirloom
jewelry. Brian digs frantically.
REBECCA
Look at the watch.
A gorgeous watch is mixed in with the jewelry. Brian picks it
up -- its stopped, and the plate on the back is loose when
Brian shakes it. Brian works the loose screws free --
-- and inside, he finds Daniels stash of NZT. Fifteen or so
pills -- four of which are stained with DRIED BLOOD. Beat.
Brian cant believe it. He did it.
BRIAN
Do you see that? Thats Eli
Watermans blood.

REBECCA
I see it.

BRIAN
In that case... I surrender.

EXT. STREET OUTSIDE BANK - DAY

Rebecca leads Brian, whose hands are cuffed now, out of the
Bank. As a phalanx of COPS descends on them...
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INT. ND MEDICAL SPACE - DAY


LOOKING DOWN on Brian, whos lying on a table as an MRI tray
WHIRS him into the machine. Its a moment of calm after the
tumult of the climax. PRELAP --

REBECCA (O.C.)
Brian took three doses of NZT.

INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - NAZS OFFICE - DAY

Rebecca sits opposite Naz, her brow furrowed as she considers


the medical reports she just finished reading.

REBECCA
His scans should be a mess.

NAZ
And yet... he presents as a
perfectly healthy 28-year-old.

And as we realize that Eddies shot had its intended effect...

NAZ (CONTD)
Brian Sinclair is immune to the
long-term side effects of using
NZT. We dont know how. But it
certainly merits further inquiry.

REBECCA
Further inquiry?

NAZ
When we started chasing him, you
told me Brian could be the key to
learning more about NZT. You
were more right than you know.
(then)
He could be the key to learning
everything about NZT.
(then)
This isnt about arresting
dealers. Imagine a version of
this drug that can be taken
safely. What would that mean to
D.C.? To the Pentagon? To us?

REBECCA
You want to use Brian as your
Rosetta Stone.

NAZ
Among other things.
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Every time Brian takes NZT, he
becomes a resource.
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NAZ (CONT'D)
He has the potential to be more
effective than every agent in
this division. He has the
potential to be more effective
than all of us combined.

Rebecca tries to picture Brian in an FBI-approved suit. Fails.

REBECCA
Ive dealt with this guy a few
times now. Trust me, he has no
interest in being an FBI Agent.

NAZ
He doesnt have a choice. He can
consult with us... or he can go
to jail.
(off her look)
In the course of proving his
innocence, Brian committed any
number of felonies. We can start
with bank robbery, and work our
way back from there.

Rebeccas getting more uncomfortable with where this is headed.

REBECCA
He surrendered to me voluntarily.
He trusted me.

NAZ
Thats why youre going to be the
one to propose the deal. Well
put him up at a safe house so we
can keep an eye on him. Youll
be his liaison.

REBECCA
Me? You want to manufacture a
drug addict. You expect me to be
on board with that?

NAZ
I know exactly what youre
feeling. Thats why youre the
one to do it.
(then)
You understand addiction. Youve
been lied to, and manipulated.
You wont let it happen again.

As Rebecca realizes a devils bargain is being forced on her...

NAZ (CONTD)
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Just talk to him. Whats he
going to do? Go back to temping?
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INT. FBI FIELD OFFICE - INTERROGATION ROOM - DAY

Were CLOSE ON Brian, his hands cuffed and his expression numb.
We can HEAR Rebecca OFFSCREEN, but we HOLD ON Brian...

REBECCA (O.C.)
... Our division is called the
Cross-Jurisdictional Command. We
dont just track NZT...

And now we FIND Rebecca, mid-pitch --

REBECCA (CONTD)
Were a major case squad for the
FBI. Do you remember when the
septicemic plague showed up in
midtown? We found the man who
put it there. We caught the guy
who used drones to murder his old
squad mates.

Shes trying to sell the work, but Brians unengaged.

BRIAN
... congratulations?

Rebeccas not going out like that. She knows this guy now.

REBECCA
After you got shot, you told me
you were nothing. This is your
chance to change that.

Wow. Pretty great pitch. So shes surprised to hear --

BRIAN
No.

REBECCA
No?

BRIAN
No. Not unless you get my father
a new liver. Do that... and Ill
take whatever job you want.

REBECCA
We dont work that way.

BRIAN
Start. Someone, somewhere up the
food chain, can get him moved up
the transplant list. If Im
that important to you TV
guys, find
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that person. Or dont.
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Rebecca studies Brian; he doesnt seem to be bluffing.

REBECCA
Youd really go to jail?

BRIAN
I told you. Id do anything to
save my dad.

INT. HOSPITAL - PATIENT ROOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: a TV, which is mounted to a wall. Its tuned to a


NEWS STATION, and features footage of a handcuffed Daniel
Honeycutt being helped into a POLICE CAR.

REPORTERS VOICE (O.C.)


Manchester-Reid employee Daniel
Honeycutt was arrested today
while fleeing the country. The
millionaire banker faces multiple
charges of murder...

A WIDER ANGLE finds Dennis, lying in bed and watching.

BRIAN (O.C.)
Heard you caught some luck.

Dennis turns -- his face lights up at the sight of Brian


standing there. Brian moves to Denniss bed-side, covers one of
his fathers sick hands with his own.

DENNIS
Brian.

BRIAN
I hear they operate tomorrow?

DENNIS
You know... you dont have to
pretend this is all a surprise.
(off Brians look)
A woman came to see me this
morning. She works for the FBI.
She said you made this happen.

A moment. Brian would love to confide everything thats


happened over the past few days, but all he can say is:

BRIAN
Im glad youre gonna be okay.

Dennis NODS. For the first time in his adult life, Brians
getting that look that all sons crave. Theres pride in his
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DENNIS
What happened to you?

BRIAN
Ill tell you all about it
sometime.

The implication is clear: just not now. Dennis doesnt push.

DENNIS
Im proud of you, kid.

BRIAN
You dont even know what I did --

DENNIS
I dont need to. I know you.

Dennis considers his son, trying to wrap his head around it all.

DENNIS (CONTD)
I have no idea what you did. I
just know that today I woke up
scared, and tomorrow... Ill wake
up feeling hopeful.
(then)
You did that. You saved my life.
Thank you.

Brian squeezes Denniss hand tighter. ON the two of them --

EXT. SAFE HOUSE - ROOFTOP - DAY

Were LOOKING OUT over a City that feels very different than the
one Brian inhabited just a few days ago. The REVERSE REVEALS
Brian, sitting on this ROOFTOP and taking in the view. We HEAR:

REBECCA
You were right, you know.

Brian turns. Rebecca has just walked out to join him.

REBECCA (CONTD)
About my father.
(then)
He worked for the D.E.A. He
caught a habit while he was on
assignment. He was gone by my
sixteenth birthday.

BRIAN
... Im sorry.

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I couldnt help him. But maybe I
can help you.
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A quiet moment. When Brian looks back over to Rebecca, shes


holding bottled water and a plastic bag containing an NZT pill.

REBECCA (CONTD)
Its time.

Brian reaches out to take the pill, but Rebecca pulls it back.

REBECCA (CONTD)
Just dont lie to me. Ever.

Brian holds her eye contact. This is a mandate that comes from
the deepest part of her. But he cant tell her everything.
Brian forces a smile, puts the pill in his mouth. CUT TO:

THE INSIDE OF BRIANS MOUTH

-- where the pill rests on his tongue until he SWALLOWS and it


descends down Brians throat and into...

BLACKNESS. A VOICE bleeds into the darkness.

CARLS VOICE (O.C.)


You look... content.

INT. AN OFFICE - DAY

Eddie Mora sits at a desk that commands a ten-figure view of New


York. (This scene should have the elliptical feel of the post-
credits sequence in a Marvel movie.) Eddie turns to find --

CARL VAN LOON. Remember Carl? In case you dont: hes the
character played by Robert De Niro in the movie.

CARL
I take it everything worked out?

EDDIE MORA
Brians exactly where we want
him. When we need him... hell
be ready.

On the two of them, taking in the City at their feet... we...

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END

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